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DOCKS Collective, The Flood in Western Germany

In July 2021, entire areas of Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia were devastated due to unusually heavy rainfall and the resulting floods. For months, the German photography collective DOCKS documented the destruction and suffering, as well as the tough reconstruction efforts. The group founded in 2018, includes Aliona Kardash (born 1990), Maximilian Mann (born 1992), Ingmar Björn Nolting (born 1995), Arne Piepke (born 1991) and Fabian Ritter (born 1992).

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People on the balcony of a house. Ahrweiler, July 15, 2021
The Himmes family clear out the flooded cellar of their house. Schuld, July 16, 2021
Locals burn destroyed furniture from their homes at the Hahnensteiner Mühle, Insul. July 16, 2021
A temporary collection dump for rubbish in a field in Rheinbach. July 17, 2021
The Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) volunteer Daniil Taranov (25), after his assignment in Altenahr. July 23, 2021
Parts of the annex of the historic Blessem Castle were destroyed by massive erosion. Erftstadt-Blessem. July 16, 2021
Sadeta and Imer Sokoli clear up their first floor apartment, after the high water receded. Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, July 17, 2021
Julian and Jessica Kay’s ravaged bathroom. The full two floors of their house were flooded. Community of Altenahr, July 21, 2021
Members of the Vettelschoß voluntary fire brigade take a break. Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, July 17, 2021
Ingrid Zarm’s (81) home was destroyed. The portrait was taken at the Lindner Hotel in Nürburg, which took in evacuees free of charge. July 17, 2021
A view of Dernau on the first night following the high water; rescuers in boats search for survivors. July 15, 2021
Helpers from all over the country sit around a campfire by a container village at Hotel Kalenborner Höhe, Kalenborn. September 4, 2021
A statue of Mary from the devastated cemetery in Altenahr. July 21, 2021
Volunteers “rescuing bottles” in a warehouse belonging to the Mayschoss wine growers cooperative. August 7, 2021
View of Altenahr. Experts reckon that the high water rose to over seven metres, during the night of the catastrophe. Altenahr, July 22, 2021
Milena Zeyen (24) and volunteers lay down grey water pipes for Milena’s tiny house in Altenburg. December 19, 2021
Karate training in a temporary sports tent in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler. February 4, 2022
At the Federal Bank’s head office in Mainz: victims’ money is dried, checked for authenticity and then returned. September 9, 2021
Tim Himmes and his mother in their sitting room, which was renovated and refurbished, thanks to in-kind donations. Schuld, December 18, 2021
The “Green Light for the Ahr Valley” campaign, as a sign of hope: a swarm of drones over the Ahr Valley, not far from Altenburg. October 30, 2021